Tips For DJ’s
June 18, 2014
As I get more into the promoter side of things I realize that DJ’s could do things a lot better to get themselves booked. Here are some simple things that you can do to help yourselves when talking to promoters and clubs.
The number one thing you can do when you reach out to promoters is to make sure you have all of your information ready to give them when they ask for it, especially your social media links. If you have to set up bookmarks in your computer so you have them ready to go. Don’t make them search for them, don’t make them go to your webpage where they are listed. Send them a list of all the links (Your webpage, your facebook, your soundcloud, twitter, etc), your real name, your DJ name and your phone number.
Secondly be ready to give references when asked. A lot of promoters want to know what promoters you’ve worked for in the past. It might also be useful to have some of the digital flyers for events you’ve been on stored on your computer so you can quickly show them examples of events you’ve been on. Make to ask the promoters if you can give their phone number or email as a reference. They won’t appreciate a ton of calls during their busy day if they didn’t give permission.
The third thing you need to be prepared with is how much you want to earn to be a part of the event. If you are a starting DJ then you should consider certain things such as the exposure you’ll get from the event, will your name or likeness appear on the flyer, and the venue the event is being held. For a starting DJ getting the exposure of being on a high profile event or your name on the flyer can mean more than the $20-$200 you might earn from spinning another show that’s not as high profile. The same goes for spinning at certain venues. Having the opportunity to spin at some of the biggest clubs in your area could be worth a lot more than you might typically get from other venues. Consider the benefits (will this show promote more, will their be reporters and press coverage, will it be videos or televised?).
Always be professional and use proper grammar and sentences. Use spellcheck. Reaching out to a new venue or promoter is starting a job interview. Your first response could be the only shot you have. Be brief, courteous, and direct. Give your links or samples in your first email if possible.
Just a few things to keep in mind to make your life and the promoters lives easier. Good luck!
Finding Your Style Part 1: The Music
June 22, 2013
So everyone has their own opinion as to what makes a DJ and what the hardest part of being a DJ is. We all know it the DJ’s job to set the mood of the event, whether it be packing the dance floor with latest club tracks or playing some smooth sounds and a gallery opening, as well as everything in between.
Now that I’ve established what a DJ’s job truly is now comes the hard part. Discussing the hardest part of being a DJ and how to over come it. Most DJ’s will tell you that the hardest part of being a DJ is some technique that you must master, whether it is beat matching, scratching, proper mixing techniques or reading the crowd. Well, I’m going to call bullshit on that. You will learn all of those things as long as you stick it out long enough to become a professional DJ.
It is my opinion that the hardest part of being a DJ is to find your own style. All of the music and technique in the world wont help you if you don’t have your own style. Sure you’ll get jobs at bars doing the same thing as everyone else, but if you want to stand out and make it to the upper echelon of the DJ world you will not only need to learn as much as the technical side as possible but also how to put your own signature on it.
Now this might seem like common sense, but you would be surprised. The first step in finding your style is to decide what type of music your going to play. The easiest place to start is by simply playing what you already love to listen to, but the hard art comes when you are trying to chain the songs together.
… To Be Continued.